The 40th edition of the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon saw both Danish all-comers’ records being broken.

A whole line of records were all broken at Sunday’s Telenor Copenhagen Marathon.

Not only did Jackson Kibet Limo smash the course record in the Danish capital with a winning time of 2:09,54 hours. The 31-year-old Kenyan also produced the fastest time ever on Danish soil, lowering the previous best all comer’s record set in Odense back in 2012 by nearly two minutes.

With his time of 2:09,06 from Paris 2014, Limo did have the best PB of all from the very beginning.

At 30K, however, all seemed to be set for a duel between the debutant Victor Kiplimo (KEN) and Ethiopia’s Gebre Roba Yadete. The two runners broke free from the leading pack after 29K, but a few kilometers later, Yadete couldn’t keep up with the pace any longer.

Then at 37K, out of nowhere, Limo emerged to took the lead and build up a gap of 70 seconds for the last five kilometers.

“My goal was to break the course record. I ran my own race, but at 25K I started to feel a minor hamstring. Luckily it disappeared after 32K,” said Limo who despite victories at marathons in Osaka 2013 and Porto 2017 regarded today’s win at the most important in his carrier.

Perfect weather conditions for elite race

The weather conditions were almost perfect to begin with: 14 degrees, a cloudy sky and hardly any wind.

Soon after, however, the sun broke through and made it very summerlike indeed in the streets of Copenhagen. 11 runners passed the half marathon mark in 1:04,18, but it turned out to be too difficult to keep the pace for the second half.

Ethiopians took 1-2-3

In the women’s race, Ethiopia took the first three spots. The winner, Etalemahu Habtewold, covered the classic 42,195 km in a personal best of 2:29,29, thereby improving the race record from 2010, which was also the all-comer’s record.

Two Danish male pacers led a group of four women through the first half in 1:13,33. The 2:27-pace turned out to be to tough to keep up with, and with 10 kilometers to go, Habtewold was alone in the lead. With only five kilometres to go, her compatriot Dinknesh Mekash had closed the gap, but in the end had to settle with a second place 53 seconds after Habtewold.        

With 13,280 participants, the 40th anniversary edition of the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon was able to register another record, namely the biggest marathon race in Denmark ever. On top, the anniversary edition was the first staging of the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon as an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.  


1. Jackson Kibet Limo, Kenya 2.09,54 – race record
2. Victor Kiplimo, Kenya 2:11,04
3. Gebre Roba Yadete Ethiopia 2:11,58

1. Etalemahu Zeleke Habtewold, Ethiopia 2:29,29 – race record
2. Dinknesh Mekash, Ethiopia 2:30,22
3. Aberu Ayana Mulisa, Ethiopia 2:34,39